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Homework

At Hugh Christie School, we know completing home learning is essential to long term academic success. It allows our pupils to extend their learning and to reinforce what has been learnt in class.

If pupils are absent from school, it is still their responsibility to still complete the home learning tasks and to catch up when they are better.

Homework timetables for 2020/21 can be downloaded here

Years 7 to 9:

Every day, pupils expected to study a minimum of one hour and a maximum of 90 minutes. Home learning will be made up of three elements:

  • Reading for pleasure

  • Teacher set tasks

  • Independent learning

 

Reading For Pleasure:

Like anything else, reading is a skill that becomes better with practice. The objective of Reading for Pleasure is to increase your child’s sense of achievement, confidence and develop their vocabulary – but most of all, for pupils to learn to enjoy reading.

We encourage pupils to challenge themselves with their choice of reading material. Pupils should try to read a range of fiction across genres with increasing levels of difficulty. Regularly Reading for Pleasure will have enormous benefits across a pupil’s subject areas and is heavily linked to success in later life.

 

In Years 7 and 8, pupils will be encouraged to develop their reading through the Accelerated Reader Programme. By Year 9, we expect pupils to be independently choosing their own books from The Howard Library or from another source.

 

Teacher Set Tasks

Teacher set homework tasks should be:

  • Relevant to the current lessons OR

  • Revisiting previous knowledge, skills and vocabulary AND

  • Realistic for most pupils to be able to complete in between 20 and 30 minutes

These tasks will be set as per the Teacher Set Homework Timetable.

 

They will be assigned using Show My Homework so pupils and parents can see exactly what work is expected to be done and the deadline for its submission.

Independent Learning

It is important that pupils develop a culture of independent learning. This is where they become less dependent on the teacher telling them what to do and they take ownership of their own learning.

Examples include: 

  • doing extra research or reading related to a subject they have recently studied.

  • going over work they learnt last month or last term or last year and revisiting it so see how much they can recall.

  • using website (such as BBC Bitesize) or applications (such as Seneca) to research topics they have not yet studied so to familiarise themselves with new content.

Pupils will also be issued with subject specific Knowledge Organisers which will also be available on the school website. These have been created to help our pupils learn a wide range of knowledge, which in turn will allow them to connect different ideas and apply higher order skills in their lessons. It will also prepare our pupils for the new style, more rigorous and challenging, GCSEs that they will sit in the future.

Pupils’ subject teachers will then quiz your child on the essential knowledge and skills from the knowledge organisers that they are expected to learn.

According to significant educational research, frequent quizzing has many benefits for memory and motivation. These include producing better organisation of knowledge, causes pupils to learn more from their next study episode, identifies gaps in knowledge and improves long term retention.

At home, using a Revisit And Practise (RAP) book, pupils should revise the specific knowledge, as directed by their teachers, using the highly effective Look, Cover, Write, Check self-quizzing strategy.

Years 10, 11 and Sixth Form:

At Hugh Christie School, we believe completing home learning is essential to the academic success of all pupils. It gives pupils the opportunity to extend their learning and to reinforce what has been learned in class.

 

Year 10 and 11 are extremely important years for all pupils as they study their GCSE courses. We are committed to supporting every child to be successful, to achieve their potential and progress into the career of their choice.

 

The home learning schedule is designed to spread out the days on which home learning is assigned to pupils and should be copied into their diary.

In Years 10 and 11 home learning will be assigned in English, Maths, Science and the optional GCSE subjects every week up to one hour in length.

 

In the Sixth Form, pupils will be assigned two one hour tasks a week for each subject studied. 

In addition, pupils should continue to carry out thirty minutes of self-quizzing once week in every subject they study or other independent learning, increasing this to three times a week in the Sixth Form. These will be tested regularly  with short tests.

If your child is struggling with any aspect of their home learning then please encourage them to go and see their subject teacher.

Typical KS3 Homework Schedule - Click to enlarge.

At Home:

 In your RAP book, revise using ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’.

  • LOOK: Read the knowledge organiser key questions and the answers.

  • COVER: Cover up the answer column.

  • WRITE: Write the answer from your memory in your self-quizzing book.

  • CHECK: Finally, mark your work. Correct any mistakes.

 

Ask family and friends to support self-quiz.

 

Pupils must bring their Revisit and Practice (RAP) Book to school every day and take it home every evening.

 

Pupils should select the most relevant subject to study their Knowledge Organisers for 15 minutes each evening in order for them to be prepared for the quizzes.